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Saturday, July 31, 2004

ABC News - Big Apple Terror? Sources: Al Qaeda Plotting to Attack New York City Corporations

N E W Y O R K, July 31, 2004 — ABC News has learned that federal and New York City officials have received credible intelligence that al Qaeda has been plotting to carry out suicide attacks on corporations based in the city.

Sources at several law enforcement agencies tell ABC News that an "overseas source" has provided the information about the threat to New York and that it is more significant than the usual "chatter" intercepted from likely terrorists that has prompted warnings in the past.

Officials from dozens of local and federal agencies met into the night Friday and again this morning.

"Intelligence reporting indicates that al Qaeda continues to target for attack commercial and financial institutions, as well as international organizations, inside the United States," the New York City Police Department said in a statement released today on the "ongoing al Qaeda threat."
"The NYPD recommends that corporate and institutional security directors review their protection of HVAC systems, parking installations, and security in general," the statement added. "The alert level for New York City remains unchanged at 'orange' or 'high.'"

Border Worries
Intelligence sources say al Qaeda plans to move non-Arab terrorists across the border with Mexico.
Authorities already have in custody a woman of Pakistani-origin arrested after crossing into Texas. She carried a South African passport with several of the pages torn out, $7,000 in cash and an airplane ticket to New York.

New York is already on heightened alert for the Republican National Convention, which meets at Madison Square Garden in a month and will bring scores of high government officials to town.

The sources tell ABC News that Wall Street firms may be among the targeted U.S. corporations based in New York City. Which corporations or how many may be targeted has not been revealed.

Suicide Truck Bombings
Particularly disturbing to authorities were the intelligence reports that the attack may involve one or more suicide truck bombings, a tactic never seen in the United States, but one widely used by terrorists elsewhere.
"I think they want to try and shake our psyche again," says Jerry Hauer, an ABC News consultant and former director of New York City's Office of Emergency Management. "And I think the easy types of attacks right now are car bombs, truck bombs."
Law enforcement officials acknowledge such bombs are extremely difficult to prevent.
As to the timing of any planned attack, sources say it could take place between now and Election Day in November.
As the government tries to verify the reports of the threat, there are no plans to raise the national threat level, a senior Bush administration official tells ABC News.
ABCNEWS' Pierre Thomas and Bob Jamieson contributed to this report.


The New York Times > International > Europe > The Allies: Europeans Mostly Rally to Kerry, but With Few Illusions

The New York Times > International > Europe > The Allies: Europeans Mostly Rally to Kerry, but With Few Illusions: "THE ALLIES
Europeans Mostly Rally to Kerry, but With Few Illusions
By RICHARD BERNSTEIN

BERLIN, July 31 - The front-page cartoon in Le Monde on Saturday represented the general European preference in the wake of the Democratic National Convention: It showed John Kerry brandishing a Stars-and-Stripes broom and sweeping George W. Bush, along with the detritus of missiles around him, out of office.
Europeans seemed to feel that, with a Thursday night speech that included searing criticism of President Bush's administration, Mr. Kerry emerged from the convention a strengthened candidate, modestly bolstering their hopes that he could win the White House. Mr. Bush is not just widely disliked in Europe; he is viewed as the essential cause of divisions in the trans-Atlantic alliance.
The belief across Europe seemed to be that a Kerry administration would be more multilateral than the Bush administration has been, more willing to listen to the views of allies and take them into account.
'The speech was music to European ears because of the attacks on Bush,' said Justin Va�sse, a French historian. 'It put the blame where many Europeans see the blame, at the door of the Bush administration.'
But there was a strong countercurrent among some commentators, who expressed the view that while Europeans might like Senator Kerry more than President Bush, the speech contained little concrete indication of how his policies would be different from those followed in the past four years."

BBC NEWS | Africa | French army moves to Sudan border

BBC NEWS | Africa | French army moves to Sudan border: "French army moves to Sudan border
France is deploying 200 soldiers to help secure Chad's eastern border with Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region.
The French Ambassador to Chad, Jean Pierre Bercot, said the troops would also bring humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Darfur refugees in Chad.
Sudan-backed Arab militias has driven about a million civilians from their homes and mounted raids inside Chad.
Sudan said that despite reservations it would comply with a UN resolution ordering it to rein in the militias.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Dr Mustapha Osman Ismail said government's Council of Ministers' would take a final decision at a meeting on Sunday. "

CNN.com - Report: Al-Zarqawi group takes more hostages

Kuwaiti company official meeting captors of 7 other truck drivers
Saturday, July 31, 2004 Posted: 5:33 PM EDT (2133 GMT)

The kidnappers gave the two hostages' Turkish employers 48 hours to stop working in Iraq.

(CNN) -- A group linked to terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi announced Saturday that it has kidnapped two drivers working for a Turkish company supplying goods to U.S. forces in Iraq, Al-Jazeera reported Saturday.

Japan Today - News - NATO agrees to start training Iraq forces - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - NATO agrees to start training Iraq forces - Japan's Leading International News Network: "japantoday > world
NATO agrees to start training Iraq forces

Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 09:13 JST
Brussels - NATO countries agreed Friday to begin training Iraqi security forces after sidestepping a dispute between the United States and France over command of the alliance operation.
Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said a 40-member advance team would leave for Iraq 'as soon as possible' to begin the training and would report back in September about proposed relations with the U.S.-led "

CNN.com - Report: Ridge may resign after election - Jul 30, 2004

CNN.com - Report: Ridge may resign after election - Jul 30, 2004: "Report: Ridge may resign after election
Friday, July 30, 2004 Posted: 3:39 PM EDT (1939 GMT)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, who sought to reassure Americans amid frightening warnings about possible terror plots, has told colleagues he probably will resign after the election because of his personal finances and stress of his job, officials told The Associated Press."

Japan Today - News - Typhoon slams western Japan - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - Typhoon slams western Japan - Japan's Leading International News Network: "japantoday > national
Typhoon slams western Japan

Sunday, August 1, 2004 at 00:44 JST
TOKYO - Typhoon Namtheum hit western Japan Saturday afternoon causing heavy rain, strong wind and high waves in a wide area of the Pacific coast, the Japan Meteorological Agency said."

Japan Today - News - U.S. official to meet S. Korean counterpart over 6-party talks - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - U.S. official to meet S. Korean counterpart over 6-party talks - Japan's Leading International News Network: " japantoday > asia
U.S. official to meet S. Korean counterpart over 6-party talks

Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 09:00 JST
WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. State Department official will meet with a South Korean official in Washington on Monday to discuss the next round of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear arms ambitions, the State Department said Friday."

Japan Today - News - China warns of military conflict against Taiwan before 2008 - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - China warns of military conflict against Taiwan before 2008 - Japan's Leading International News Network: "japantoday > asia
China warns of military conflict against Taiwan before 2008

Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 09:08 JST
Beijing - China has warned it may attack Taiwan before 2008 if Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian pushes his pro-independence timetable too hard.
Taiwan Affairs Office vice-minister Wang Zaixi said the biggest threat to cross-Straits peace and stability comes from Chen's plan to write a new constitution through referendum in 2006 and enact the document in 2008.
The China Daily cited him as saying that if Chen does not back down before then, a military conflict was possible. (Wire Reports)"

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > While United in Politics, Unions Face Internal Rifts

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > While United in Politics, Unions Face Internal Rifts: "While United in Politics, Unions Face Internal Rifts
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE

BOSTON, July 30 - The nation's labor unions have rallied behind John Kerry after being openly divided just a few months ago when many unions backed Representative Richard A. Gephardt for president while others supported Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor.
But behind their newfound unity in politics, the nation's unions are in turmoil, with some labor leaders maneuvering to become the A.F.L.- C.I.O.'s next president and some hinting that they might pull out of the organization. Some union presidents, alarmed that the labor movement is shrinking, are calling for a radical overhaul of organized labor, while others angrily accuse them of trying to dictate policies and of washing labor's dirty laundry in public"

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > In Hard-Hit Ohio, Bush Says the Economy Is on the Mend

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > In Hard-Hit Ohio, Bush Says the Economy Is on the Mend: "August 1, 2004
In Hard-Hit Ohio, Bush Says the Economy Is on the Mend
By RICHARD W. STEVENSON

CANTON, Ohio, July 31 - President Bush on Saturday swept through a region hard hit by job loss and foreign competition with a message that his policies are nursing the economy back to health and that Senator John Kerry's prescriptions would make things worse.
Riding eastward by bus from Cleveland, Mr. Bush sought to build support in Ohio, a state vital to his re-election prospects, and to counter efforts by Mr. Kerry to capitalize on unemployment and economic anxiety, especially in towns and cities like Canton in the northeast part of the state."

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Bush Planning August Attack Against Kerry

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Bush Planning August Attack Against Kerry: "Bush Planning August Attack Against Kerry
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
and ROBIN TONER

WASHINGTON, July 31 President Bush's campaign plans to use the normally quiet month of August for a vigorous drive to undercut John Kerry by turning attention away from his record in Vietnam to what they described as an undistinguished and left-leaning record in the Senate.
Mr. Bush's advisers plan to cap the month at the Republican convention in New York, which they said would feature Mr. Kerry as an object of humor and calculated derision.
The summer campaign plans described by aides to Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry, who is in the midst of a two-week cross-country bus tour, suggest that August is no longer the slow and sleepy month it once was in presidential campaigns. Campaign aides described the period this year as an opportunity to shift the dynamic for their campaigns, because the race is so tight and because voters appear to be paying attention to what is going on. "

My Way News

My Way News: "
AP: Kerry in Favor of U.S. Bin Laden Trial
Jul 30, 3:45 PM (ET)

By RON FOURNIER and NEDRA PICKLER

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - John Kerry said Friday he would put Osama bin Laden on trial in U.S. courts rather than an international tribunal to ensure the 'fastest, surest route' to a murder conviction if the terrorist mastermind is captured while he is president."

WVGazette-Mail.com - Static -

WVGazette-Mail.com - Static -: "We weren't doing anything wrong.
Couple in anti-Bush T-shirts were arrested at president's speech
By Tara Tuckwiller
tara@wvgazette.com
A husband and wife who wore anti-Bush T-shirts to the president's Fourth of July appearance aren't going down without a fight: They will be represented by lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union as they contest the trespassing charges against them Thursday morning in Charleston Municipal Court.
Police took Nicole and Jeff Rank away in handcuffs from the event, which was billed as a presidential appearance, not a campaign rally. They were wearing T-shirts that read, "Love America, Hate Bush."
Spectators who wore pro-Bush T-shirts and Bush-Cheney campaign buttons were allowed to stay."

Retired Gen. Tommy Franks Says U.S. Should Put Iraq On 5-Year Plan

Retired Gen. Tommy Franks Says U.S. Should Put Iraq On 5-Year Plan: "Retired Gen. Tommy Franks Says U.S. Should Put Iraq On 5-Year Plan

Franks Talks Candidly In Exclusive Interview With PARADE Magazine About War,
Israel, Saddam and Osama

NEW YORK, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Retired Gen. Tommy Franks, who led U.S.
troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, says he never thought the U.S. could be out of
Iraq in a year. Five years, he says, is a realistic timeline. 'It takes time
to solve problems when you're talking about 25 to 26 million people,' Franks
tells PARADE magazine for this Sunday's issue, noting that Iraq has to dig
itself out of a '30-year hole.'
Franks, 59, who retired from the military in July 2003, had a lot to say
in this exclusive interview with PARADE, his first national interview since
leaving command:"

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Thai PM admits 'excessive force'

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Thai PM admits 'excessive force': "Thai PM admits 'excessive force'
Thailand's prime minister has conceded soldiers may have used excessive force when they stormed a mosque in April, killing 32 young Muslims.
The raid marked the bloodiest day of an uprising that began in January.
Thaksin Shinawatra said troops had felt under pressure to quell violence by militants in the Muslim-majority south. "

BBC NEWS | Business | World trade talks 'close to deal'

BBC NEWS | Business | World trade talks 'close to deal': "World trade talks 'close to deal'
World Trade Organization members are studying a revised draft deal that aims to revive stalled talks on freeing up trade between rich and poor nations.
Key WTO members are said to have accepted proposals to cut the subsidies wealthy countries give their farmers.
At stake is an overall agreement to reduce barriers to international trade which it is hoped will lift millions of the poorest people out of poverty. "

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Printer-Friendly Version: "North denounces defection of 460 to South Korea
It's the largest number to move south so far
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Friday, July 30, 2004

TOKYO
North Korea denounced the South Korean government yesterday for granting asylum this week to about 460 North Korean defectors, characterizing Seoul's actions as 'abduction and terrorism.'
North Korea, which has had good relations with the government of President Roh Moo-hyun, broke two days of silence during which two groups of North Korean defectors were airlifted by the South Korean authorities to Seoul. They came from Vietnam, according to human-rights groups in Seoul."

1 - Number One News Resource of Pakistan - The News - Jang Group

1 - Number One News Resource of Pakistan - The News - Jang Group: "Malaysia says it won�t send troops to Iraq
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will not contribute troops to a Saudi-proposed Muslim force for Iraq, but will not discourage other Muslim countries from doing so, the foreign minister said on Friday.
Saudi officials disclosed that they were proposing the Muslim security force to help bring stability to Iraq, a proposal supported by US officials and Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi."

VOANews.com - Chinese President Expresses Strong Opposition to US Military Support for Taiwan

VOANews.com - Chinese President Expresses Strong Opposition to US Military Support for Taiwan: "Chinese President Expresses Strong Opposition to US Military Support for Taiwan
Benjamin Sand
Hong Kong
31 Jul 2004, 11:22 UTC

AP
Hu Jintao
Chinese President Hu Jintao stressed his strong opposition to Washington's military support for Taiwan during a telephone conversation with President Bush on Friday.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry says President Hu told Mr. Bush that Beijing will never tolerate Taiwanese independence, and cannot allow anyone to split Taiwan from the Mainland.
In a statement that appeared on its Web site Saturday, the foreign ministry said the Chinese leader expressed concerns that U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan could aggravate an already sensitive situation.
Taipei is currently reviewing plans to purchase $18 billion worth of U.S. weapons systems and military aircraft.
A White House spokesman, talking to reporters on Friday, said that during the conversation President Bush reaffirmed Washington's commitment to a 'one-China' policy during the telephone exchange.
The United States recognizes China's claim to Taiwan, but under the Taiwan Relations Act, Washington supplies the island with military equipment and defensive support."

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Bush Planning August Attack Against Kerry

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Bush Planning August Attack Against Kerry: "Bush Planning August Attack Against Kerry
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
and ROBIN TONER

WASHINGTON, July 31 President Bush's campaign plans to use the normally quiet month of August for a vigorous drive to undercut John Kerry by turning attention away from his record in Vietnam to what they described as an undistinguished and left-leaning record in the Senate.
Mr. Bush's advisers plan to cap the month at the Republican convention in New York, which they said would feature Mr. Kerry as an object of humor and calculated derision."

Friday, July 30, 2004

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry's Acceptance: 'We Have It in Our Power to Change the World Again'

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry's Acceptance: 'We Have It in Our Power to Change the World Again': "KERRY'S ACCEPTANCE
'We Have It in Our Power to Change the World Again'

ollowing is Senator John Kerry's speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination last night in Boston, as recorded by The New York Times:
I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty.
We are here tonight because we love our country. We're proud of what America is and what it can become.
My fellow Americans, we're here tonight united in one purpose: to make America stronger at home and respected in the world. "

The New York Times > Business > U.S. Economy Grew More Slowly Than Expected in Spring

The New York Times > Business > U.S. Economy Grew More Slowly Than Expected in Spring: "U.S. Economy Grew More Slowly Than Expected in Spring
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 11:26 a.m. ET
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 3 percent in the spring, a dramatic slowdown from the rapid pace of the past year, as consumer spending fell to the weakest rate since the slowdown of 2001, the government reported Friday.
The Commerce Department said that the gross domestic product, the country's total output of goods and services, slowed sharply in the April-June quarter from a 4.5 percent growth rate in the first three months of the year.
The size of the slowdown caught economists by surprise. Many had been looking for GDP growth to come in around 3.8 percent in the second quarter. Even that would have been a sharp deceleration for an economy that had been growing at a 5.4 percent annual rate through the year ending in March."

The New York Times > International > Blasts Hit Near U.S. and Israeli Embassies in Uzbekistan

The New York Times > International > Blasts Hit Near U.S. and Israeli Embassies in Uzbekistan: "Blasts Hit Near U.S. and Israeli Embassies in Uzbekistan
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 12:15 p.m. ET
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) -- Suicide bombers staged nearly simultaneous attacks outside the U.S. and Israeli embassies as well as the top prosecutor's office Friday, killing at least two Uzbek guards and wounding seven others in Uzbekistan, a key U.S. ally in the war on terror."

CNN.com - Convention over, Democrats hit campaign trail - Jul 30, 2004

CNN.com - Convention over, Democrats hit campaign trail - Jul 30, 2004: "Convention over, Democrats hit campaign trail
Kerry, Edwards begin 21-state tour
Friday, July 30, 2004 Posted: 11:09 AM EDT (1509 GMT)

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Sen. John Kerry and running mate Sen. John Edwards kicked off a marathon campaign tour Friday with a rally in Boston, just hours after the finale of the Democratic National Convention, where Kerry accepted his party's presidential nomination.

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Powell talks with Iraq president

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Powell talks with Iraq president: "Powell talks with Iraq president
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has met the Iraqi president after arriving in Baghdad on an unannounced visit.
Mr Powell restated Washington's determination to stand by the Iraqi interim government.
He also promised that the US will speed up the flow of cash for reconstruction to help deal with continuing violence. "

Malaysian National News Agency :: BERNAMA

Malaysian National News Agency :: BERNAMA: "Can Malaysia Become A 'Bridge' Between The US And The Islamic World?
By Manik Mehta

NEW YORK, July 29 (Bernama) -- The recently-concluded visit to the United States and other Western countries by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has generated a great deal of goodwill for Malaysia, and there is a feeling being privately expressed that because of its 'moderate face', Malaysia could play the role of a 'bridge' between the West and the Islamic world.

Officials in the State Department and think-tanks in the United States say that they are 'simply charmed' by Abdullah during his first official visit to the United States as Malaysian Prime Minister.

'There is a remarkable change in style. Our business and trade relations with Malaysia have always been good, but there was occasionally a personality clash in the past when the US government was offended by the harsh tones emanating from Kuala Lumpur."

Senator John Kerry, in reinforcing his own credentials, delivered a blistering critique of President Bush's 40 months in the White House.  

CNN.com > 'Help is on the way,' Kerry tells middle class. Democrat accepts nomination, courts the undecideds

Friday, July 30, 2004 Posted: 2:36 AM EDT
BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Sen. John Kerry opened his pivotal prime time speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention by re-introducing himself to the party faithful and, he hopes, to undecided voters.
"I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty," the Massachusetts senator said while saluting the cheering crowd of Democratic delegates that packed Boston's FleetCenter.
He arrived on stage to cheers and the musical strains of Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender."
Kerry's speech, in which he accepted his party's presidential nomination, focused mainly on the economy and the war in Iraq. (Key points)
"America can do better, and help is on the way," he said repeatedly.
In an attempt to appeal to middle class workers, he said that "wages are falling, health care costs are rising" under the Bush administration, and then promised steps to reverse that.
"I will cut middle class taxes. I will reduce the tax burden on small business. And I will roll back the tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals, who make over $200,000 a year, so we can invest in job creation, health care and education."
He also vowed to neither privatize Social Security nor cut the benefits.
But with polls showing Americans have more trust in President Bush than Kerry on national security matters, defense and security made up much of Kerry's speech.
"I defended this country as a young man, and I will defend it as president," he said after being introduced by former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, a fellow Vietnam veteran, who lost both legs and an arm in the war.
"I will never hesitate to use force when it is required. Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response," Kerry vowed. "I will never give any nation or international institution a veto over our national security.
"I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war."
Kerry said that by building a stronger military and stronger alliances around the world, America will be able to tell terrorists: "You will lose and we will win."
He also said he would add more active duty troops and "end the backdoor draft of National Guard and reservists," referring to the extended tours those troops are serving.
Kerry's address -- the finale of the convention -- was enthusiastically received by the delegates, who interrupted him with more than two dozen standing ovations.
"I called my wife back home and told her, 'I think we found a president,'" said Michael Najarian, a delegate from Binghamton, New York.
Carol Summerlyn, a delegate from Portsmouth, Virginia, pronounced it "fantastic."
"I think it's clear we're all unified," she said. "This country is going to change."
Answering critics
Kerry said his opponents should not call him a pessimist for offering new ideas. He also said the Republicans do not have a monopoly on the flag and patriotism.
Kerry, a Catholic, declared that though he doesn't wear his faith on his sleeve, it has shaped his life.
"I don't want to claim that God is on our side. As Abraham Lincoln told us, I want to pray humbly that we are on God's side."
In critiquing Kerry's speech, Terry Neal of WashingtonPost.com said the often stiff-appearing Kerry looked "like a normal guy."
"I thought his delivery was almost as effective as the message," Neal said.

Kerry and running mate John Edwards acknowledge cheering delegates as the convention ends.
Joe Klein of Time magazine described Kerry's "call for civility and unity in the campaign" as a gauntlet thrown down to President Bush, who has "put his name on about $80 million in negative ads."
But CNN's Jeff Greenfield was surprised by something that was almost missing in Kerry's speech.
"I really have never heard an acceptance speech where 20 years of a guy's life in the U.S. Senate is kissed off in three sentences," Greenfield said.
Those three sentences were:
"When I came to the Senate, I broke with many in my own party to vote for a balanced budget, because I thought it was the right thing to do. I fought to put 100,000 cops on the street," Kerry said.
"And then I reached across the aisle to work with John McCain, to find the truth about our POW's and missing in action, and to finally make peace with Vietnam."
Surrounded by veterans and family
It was a family affair for Kerry in his hometown.
His "band of brothers," crewmates on his swift boat in Vietnam, spoke of his courage in battle.
Jim Rassmann, a soldier who served with Kerry, said he wasn't asked to appear at the convention Thursday night, rather, he volunteered. He said it wasn't because Kerry saved his life during the war, but because he had witnessed Kerry's "bravery and leadership under fire."
"Any one of these 12 guys will tell you, in a tight situation, when your whole future -- your whole life -- depends on the decisions of one man, you can count on John Kerry," Rassmann said.
Kerry's two daughters, Vanessa and Alexandra, and his stepson Andre Heinz, spoke of the qualities the four-term senator possesses that they said will make him a good president.
They also introduced a biographical film on the Democratic presidential nominee, narrated by actor Morgan Freeman and made with the advice of Steven Spielberg.
The convention theme "Stronger at Home, Respected in the World," was stressed in speeches from foreign policy experts, including former presidential hopeful and NATO Supreme Commander Gen. Wesley Clark, and Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Special Report: America Votes 2004)
Biden said he believed history would judge the Bush administration "harshly for the mistakes it has made" and opportunities it has "squandered" by not enlisting the help of U.S. allies.
Clark said he respected Kerry as a fellow soldier who went to war and as a veteran who returned home to fight for peace.
He also warned delegates, "Anyone who tells you that one political party has a monopoly on the best defense of our nation is committing a fraud on the American people." (Full story)
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Kerry would "use intelligence to shape policy, not twist intelligence to justify policy."
Other developments
Protesters outside the Democratic National Convention skirmished briefly with police Thursday. Police reported four arrests, but not all were related to that clash. (Full story)
After lying low during the Democratic convention, President Bush will go back on the campaign trail Friday, unveiling the broad themes of his agenda for the next four years at stops in Missouri, Michigan and Ohio, all crucial battleground states, a senior aide told CNN.


BBC News > Beijing warns of war with Taiwan

A senior Chinese official has warned that Beijing may attack Taiwan by 2008 if President Chen Shui-bian pursues his plans for constitutional change.
Mr Chen has insisted the planned amendments are only concerned with local issues, but Beijing suspects he has a pro-independence agenda.
Wang Zaixi, vice-minister of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, said military action could not be ruled out.
The unusually forthright comments came as both sides staged annual war games.
China sees Taiwan as a renegade province which it has threatened to reunite by force if Taiwan declared independence.
Mr Wang, in an interview with the Chinese state newspaper China Daily, said Mr Chen's plan to write a new constitution by 2006, and - subject to a referendum - enact it by 2008, was a serious threat to cross-Strait stability.
"New tensions may arise and even a serious crisis in the cross-Straits situation, if Chen obstinately pursues his timetable," he said.
"We cannot completely rule out the possibility (of a military conflict) though it is not at all what we hope for." The parentheses were provided by the newspaper.
Mr Wang went on to say that it was difficult to improve current cross-Strait relations unless President Chen embraced the "one-China" principle - that there is only one China, and Taiwan is part of it.
Both Taipei and Beijing have been conducting war games in the last two weeks, preparing for the eventuality of cross-Strait conflict.
President Chen took part in a submarine dive on Thursday, and China has staged a mock-invasion of the island.



Thursday, July 29, 2004

NYTimes.com > International > Africa > AIDS Continues to Ravage, South Africa 'Recycles' Graves

By MICHAEL WINES
Published: July 29, 2004

URBAN, South Africa, July 23 - At S Cemetery in Umlazi Township, Innocent Gasa's handiwork is everywhere: endless mounds of fresh red earth topped with headstones, unpainted wooden crosses, or, for the most miserable, bricks bearing a painted identifying number. Mr. Gasa has dug graves on this lumpy, unkempt, Halloween-spooky hilltop for two years now, five holes a week, 52 weeks a year, well over 500 holes in all.



japantoday > world International pressure growing on Sudan over Darfur  crisis

Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 08:40 JST
Nairobi - The African Union (AU) accused Sudan's pro-government militias of burning civilians alive in Darfur and sent out a clear signal it was considering sending in a peacekeeping force to the crisis-hit region.
Meanwhile US Secretary of State Colin Powell , on a visit to Egypt, called for sustained international pressure on Khartoum to force it to get to grips with what UN officials have described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.





Wednesday, July 28, 2004

BBC > US condemns Iraqi bomb 'tragedy'

US condemns Iraqi bomb 'tragedy'
The White House has condemned a suicide bombing which killed at least 68 people in Iraq, but said it would not derail efforts to rebuild the country.
The worst day of violence since the handover of sovereignty exactly a month ago saw more than 100 people killed across Iraq.
Dozens of people were injured in the morning car bomb in Baquba.
Witnesses said a suicide bomber drove a vehicle into a crowded market area, as men queued to join the police.



Saudis propose Iraq Muslim force

By Jill McGivering
BBC News, Jeddah
US Secretary of State Colin Powell has met Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal to discuss the possibility of deploying a Muslim force in Iraq.
They gave no details after their talks in the Saudi capital Jeddah, but a Saudi official said the kingdom had been working on a plan for two weeks.
A range of Muslim states are said to have been approached about involvement, but none were neighbours of Iraq.
Saudi officials said they had discussed the idea with the UN and Iraqi leaders.



New York Times > Edwards, Hailing Kerry, Says 'Hope Is on the Way'

July 29, 2004
By ROBIN TONER and KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
BOSTON, July 28 - Senator John Edwards made an impassioned case for Senator John Kerry Wednesday, hailing him as a peerless commander in chief for a perilous age and a man who could restore economic hope and opportunity. "Hope is on the way,'' Mr. Edwards said in remarks prepared for delivery at the Democratic National Convention.
Reprising a theme he sounded throughout his primary campaign, Mr. Edwards declared that "we still live in two different Americas,'' one for people who "are set for life,'' the other for "most Americans who live from paycheck to paycheck.'' He proudly recounted his own rise as the son of a millworker and said that Mr. Kerry shared his values. "We must build one America,'' he said.
Mr. Edwards, who will officially become the Democratic nominee for vice president on Thursday, also tried to make a simple but politically crucial point: that Mr. Kerry, assailed by the Republicans as too risky and untested to be a wartime president, is made of sterner stuff and proved it even as a young Swift boat commander in Vietnam. [Man in the News, page P8.]
His crewmates "saw up close what he's made of," Mr. Edwards said in remarks prepared for delivery. "They saw him reach down and pull one of his men from the river and save his life. And in the heat of battle, they saw him decide in an instant to turn his boat around, drive it straight through an enemy position, and chase down the enemy to save his crew.
"Decisive. Strong. Aren't those the traits you want in a commander in chief?"
Rarely was the impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the war with Iraq more apparent on American politics, as Democrats rolled out a series of testimonials from leaders in the military establishment, comrades of Mr. Kerry's from Vietnam and a chorus of elected officials. The testimony was aimed at what many consider Mr. Kerry's principal vulnerability in his race with President Bush: that voters still tend to trust Mr. Bush more to keep them safe, according to polls.




By now, I hope it will come as no surprise to anyone that I have something to say, Teresa Heinz Kerry said.  

MSNBC - Heinz Kerry hails America;Obama offers a brighter day

MSNBC - Heinz Kerry hails America;Obama offers a brighter day: "Heinz Kerry hails America;
Ron Reagan urges stem cell research
By now, I hope it will come as no surprise to anyone that I have something to say,Teresa Heinz Kerry said.
NBC, MSNBC and news services
Updated: 12:04 a.m. ET July 28, 2004BOSTON - Democrats got their first look Tuesday night at the multimillionaire heiress who would be their next first lady as they turned to Sen. John Kerry's outspoken wife to define the man they hope to put in the White House. "

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry Says Work of the 9/11 Panel Should Continue

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry Says Work of the 9/11 Panel Should Continue: "July 28, 2004
Kerry Says Work of the 9/11 Panel Should Continue
By JODI WILGOREN and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

NORFOLK, Va., July 27 - _Senator John Kerry called Tuesday for an 18-month extension of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, sharpening his critique of President Bush's response to the panel's recent report by declaring, 'backpedaling and going slow is something that America can't afford.' "

The New York Times > International > Car Bomb Kills Dozens Outside Iraqi Police Station

The New York Times > International > Car Bomb Kills Dozens Outside Iraqi Police Station: "July 28, 2004
Car Bomb Kills Dozens Outside Iraqi Police Station
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 5:30 a.m. ET
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A suicide car bomb exploded outside a police recruiting center in Baqouba on Wednesday, killing 51 Iraqis in the worst attack in Iraq since the United States transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government last month, officials said.
The attacker drove a car carrying explosives up to the crowd of people gathered outside the al-Najda station in Baqouba to apply for police jobs, said Gen. Walid al-Azawi, chief of police in Diyala Province."

Tuesday, July 27, 2004


Barack Obama spoke to delegates during the second day at the Democratic National Convention.  

CNN.com - Democratic rising star Barack Obama delivered the keynote speech Tuesday to the party's national convention

CNN.com: "Obama: We dare to hope
Democratic rising star Barack Obama delivered the keynote speech Tuesday to the party's national convention, and received a rousing reception. Telling his story -- the son of an immigrant now fighting for a place in the U.S. Senate -- Obama said America should not be divided into blocs of minorities or voter intention but reminded his audience they are all part of one United States of America."

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Barack Obama's Remarks to the Democratic National Convention

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Barack Obama's Remarks to the Democratic National Convention: "Barack Obama's Remarks to the Democratic National Convention
Following are the remarks prepared by Barack Obama, candidate for the United States Senate from Illinois, for the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night in Boston.
On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, Land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention.
Tonight is a particular honor for me because � let's face it � my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely.
My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya.
He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack� his father � my grandfather � was a cook, a domestic servant.
But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son.
Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place � America � that stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before."

BBC NEWS | Africa | Nigeria to make cheap Aids drugs

BBC NEWS | Africa | Nigeria to make cheap Aids drugs: "Nigeria to make cheap Aids drugs
By Sola Odunfa
BBC, Lagos
Nigeria is to get its first plant for manufacturing anti-retroviral drugs for people living with HIV and Aids.
The plant is expected to bring cheaper medication for the millions of Nigerians afflicted by the disease.
It is wholly owned by a group of Nigerians living in the US who answered an appeal by President Olusegun Obasanjo for investment from expats. "

Japan Today - News - Castro denies sex tourism allegations - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - Castro denies sex tourism allegations - Japan's Leading International News Network: "Castro denies sex tourism allegations

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 16:22 JST
SANTA CLARA, Cuba Fidel Castro rejected charges by President Bush that he promotes sex tourism in Cuba, then went on the offensive to dredge up old reports about his American nemesis' alleged past drinking habits."

China, Taiwan and U.S. Display Military Might (washingtonpost.com)

China, Taiwan and U.S. Display Military Might (washingtonpost.com): "
China, Taiwan and U.S. Display Military Might
Exercises a Reminder of Potential for Conflict Over Island
By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, July 27, 2004; Page A18
BEIJING, July 26 -- About 18,000 Chinese troops using their country's most advanced weapons systems last week rehearsed coordinated air, sea and ground attacks on Dongshan, an island in the South China Sea that resembles Taiwan in terrain and weather."

New York Post - By Dick Morris

July 27, 2004 -- The master returned to center stage last night as Bill Clinton showed how to address a convention and use issues to win elections.
Facing a national consensus that terror, Iraq and homeland security are the key issues, Bill Clinton dragged America back to the domestic issues on which Democrats retain a strong edge. Long after Clinton's recitation of his own achievements has faded, his effort to reinject health care, Social Security, Medicare, drug prices, education and crime into the national debate may endure.
By reminding voters how much they would support the Democratic agenda were it not for Bush's strong stance in fighting the War on Terror, he opens the door for a major shift of national issues to those on which Kerry has a clear edge.
Can John Kerry walk through the door that Bill Clinton has opened? Will he realize that he can't win on terrorism and focus on the domestic agenda on which Democrats can win? "

DRUDGE REPORT 2004

DRUDGE REPORT 2004�: "FOXNEWS UNDER FIRE AFTER FAILURE TO PAUSE DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM

Rivals of FOXNEWS mocked the nation's top-rated cable news channel for not pausing to respect the National Anthem during Monday night's opening at the Dem convention in Boston.

While the anthem played, FOX NEWS channel continued with the O'REILLY FACTOR and pundit analysis. "

Yahoo - Reuters - France annuls first same-sex marriage

France annuls first same-sex marriage: "Tuesday July 27, 8:58 PM
France annuls first same-sex marriage
By Claude Canellas

BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) - A French court has annulled France's first gay marriage, setting a legal precedent for outlawing same-sex marriages that came down on the side of the conservative government. "

CNN.com - U.S. indicts Muslim charity?n terror charges - Jul 27, 2004

CNN.com - U.S. indicts Muslim charity?n terror charges - Jul 27, 2004: "U.S. indicts Muslim charity on terror charges
From Terry Frieden
CNN
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 Posted: 3:04 PM EDT (1904 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. authorities announced Tuesday charges against a Texas-based Muslim charity and seven individuals on counts related to financing terrorism."

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel drafts new barrier route

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel drafts new barrier route: "Israel drafts new barrier route
The Israeli Defence Ministry says it has finished mapping out a new route for the barrier Israel is building on the West Bank.
The re-routing was ordered after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that current plans must be amended to reduce disruption to Palestinian communities."

BBC NEWS | Africa | Nigeria signs Zimbabwean farmers

BBC NEWS | Africa | Nigeria signs Zimbabwean farmers: "Nigeria signs Zimbabwean farmers
A group of white Zimbabwean farmers have reached a deal to start farming in Nigeria within 60 days.
The western state of Kwara has promised to extend financial aid in return for the development of the state's agricultural sector.
The farmers are among those whose land was taken by the Zimbabwe government for redistribution to blacks. "

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Majette alleges racial politics

Majette alleges racial politics
By BEN SMITH, JAMES SALZER
Published on: 07/26/04

U.S. Rep. Denise Majette's campaign on Monday accused opponent Cliff Oxford of injecting racial politics into the Democratic race for U.S. Senate.

Majette was reacting to comments Oxford made Monday morning to reporters before a news conference he called to discuss proposals on outsourcing and debates.

"As near as I can tell, her message is basically, we need any African-American woman candidate in the United States Senate, no matter who that candidate is," Oxford said of Majette at the state Capitol.

The remark drew a pointed response from the Majette campaign.

"When you have no qualifications, when you know nothing about the issues facing this country, and when you just got beat 2-1 by a qualified congresswoman and you have more baggage than an Amtrak train, what's there left to do? You inject race in the campaign," said Jeannie Layson, Majette's deputy campaign manager.


MSNBC - Voters want more specifics from Kerry

MSNBC - Voters want more specifics from Kerry
Poll shows Democratic candidate losing ground to Bush

By Richard Morin and Claudia Deane

Updated: 7:59 a.m. ET July 27, 2004 A majority of voters say they know little about John F. Kerry's positions on key issues and want the Democratic presidential candidate to detail specific plans for handling the economy, Iraq and the war on terrorism when he addresses the Democratic National Convention and a nationally televised audience on Thursday, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll."

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | N Korean defectors flown to Seoul

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | N Korean defectors flown to Seoul: "N Korean defectors flown to Seoul
More than 200 North Korean refugees have been flown to South Korea from an unnamed third country.
It was the largest single batch of defectors to arrive from the hunger-stricken North, and another 200 are expected in the coming days.
They apparently escaped through China to what has been officially called 'a South East Asian country'. "

BBC NEWS | Middle East | US 'protects' Iran rebels in Iraq

BBC NEWS | Middle East | US 'protects' Iran rebels in Iraq: "US 'protects' Iran rebels in Iraq
The US has granted 'protected status' under the Geneva Conventions to 3,800 members of an Iranian opposition group interned in Iraq.
This meant that People's Mujahideen's fighters were not considered belligerents during the Iraq war, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said.
But the new status did not affect the US view that the group was a terrorist organisation, Mr Ereli said.
Iran said the decision undermined US claims to be fighting terrorist groups. "

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Palestinian PM to stay in post

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Palestinian PM to stay in post: "Palestinian PM to stay in post
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei has withdrawn his resignation after a meeting with leader Yasser Arafat.
The move ends a two-week deadlock after a dispute over who controls Palestinian security and intelligence forces.
Gaza saw a wave of Palestinian fighting and kidnaps as factions of Mr Arafat's Fatah movement vied for control.
Cabinet ministers who attended the talks say Mr Arafat has agreed to hand over the police forces to Mr Qurei who tendered his resignation 10 days ago. "

CNN.com - Egyptian diplomat released in Iraq - July 26, 2004

CNN.com - Egyptian diplomat released in Iraq - Jul 26, 2004: "Egyptian diplomat released in Iraq
Monday, July 26, 2004 Posted: 7:19 PM EDT (2319 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Captors in Iraq released an Egyptian diplomat Monday after declining a large ransom and citing his polite and spiritual"

Japan Today - News - Taiwan expects cross-strait tension to continue through year - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - Taiwan expects cross-strait tension to continue through year - Japan's Leading International News Network: "Taiwan expects cross-strait tension to continue through year

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 08:00 JST
TAIPEI - Tension in the Taiwan Strait will likely continue throughout the year but ease next year, a senior Taiwan official said Monday.
It is expected that after the U.S. presidential election in November and Taiwan's own yearend general election, 'cross-strait relations will cool down and normalize,' said the official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity. (Kyodo News)"

Japan Today - News - U.S. urges N. Korea to study U.S. proposal despite initial rejection - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - U.S. urges N. Korea to study U.S. proposal despite initial rejection - Japan's Leading International News Network: "U.S. urges N. Korea to study U.S. proposal despite initial rejection

Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 16:10 JST
WASHINGTON - The United States urged North Korea on Monday to continue to study the U.S. proposal laid out in the last round of six-party talks as a reasonable means for ending North Korea's nuclear programs despite Pyongyang's initial rejection of it."

Japan Today - News - China presses U.S. on Taiwan - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - China presses U.S. on Taiwan - Japan's Leading International News Network China presses U.S. on Taiwan
Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 16:10 JST

BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing told the United States in a phone call to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to take "concrete actions" on its commitment to Taiwan as a part of China, according to a China Foreign Ministry statement and official media late Monday.

In the context of Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway province and which has received sales of advanced weapons from the United States, Li told Powell that "a country's national sovereignty and territory integrity tops all else," according to the ministry's statement. (Kyodo News)

BBC NEWS | Americas | Clinton speech dazzles Democrats

BBC NEWS | Americas | Clinton speech dazzles Democrats: "Clinton speech dazzles Democrats
Former US President Bill Clinton has fired up Democratic activists with a blistering attack on President George W Bush and fervent praise for John Kerry.
Mr Clinton was speaking at the Democrats' convention in Boston which later this week will endorse Mr Kerry as the party's presidential candidate.
Mr Clinton accused Mr Bush and the Republicans of throwing away the goodwill towards the US after 9/11.
And he portrayed Mr Kerry as a Vietnam hero, ready to be a wartime leader. "

Monday, July 26, 2004


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton 
gave rousing speeches setting the standard for
the 2004 Democratic Convention.

CNN.com - Bill and Hilliary Clinton address Democratic Convention

CNN.com: "Clinton highlights choices
Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic Convention highlighting what he says are the differences between Democrats and Republicans. Clinton told convention delegates they wanted an America that was 'safer, smarter, stronger' while Republicans wanted an America 'run by the right people -- their people.' The convention in Boston will later this week nominate Sen. John Kerry to be the party's official presidential candidate."

"They need a divided America, but we don't," Clinton said. "We Democrats want to build a world and an America of shared responsibilities and shared opportunities ... On the other hand, Republicans in Washington believe that America should be run by the right people, their people."
He said the Bush administration gave tax cuts to the wealthy while raising out-of-pocket health care costs for veterans and underfunding education.
Clinton also praised Sen. John Kerry for always being ready to serve the United States.
Clinton said when the United States went to war, when it needed to recover from the effects of war, when America needed to learn technology, Kerry always said, "send me."
Clinton urged voters to send Kerry to the White House.

Former President Jimmy Carter addresses the convention Monday. 

CNN.com - Carter: 'Nation's soul' is at stake in election - Jul 26, 2004

CNN.com - Carter: 'Nation's soul' is at stake in election - Jul 26, 2004: "Carter: 'Nation's soul' is at stake in election
Clintons to close out opening-night speakers
Monday, July 26, 2004 Posted: 9:51 PM EDT (0151 GMT)

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- In rallying delegates Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, former President Jimmy Carter warned "nothing less than our nation's soul" is at stake in the presidential election.

"Truth is the foundation of our global leadership, but our credibility has been shattered, and we are left increasingly isolated and vulnerable in a hostile world," Carter said.



Al Gore 

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Rebounding From 2000, Gore Urges Bush's Defeat

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Rebounding From 2000, Gore Urges Bush's Defeat: "Rebounding From 2000, Gore Urges Bush's Defeat
By DAVID STOUT

Published: July 26, 2004


BOSTON, July 26 - Former Vice President Al Gore declared tonight that his heart is at peace, albeit with some longing for what might have been, and that he will feel a lot better after the defeat of President Bush, whom he described as a promise-breaker.
Mr. Gore said he had a question, not just for loyal Democrats but for loyal Republicans, and indeed for all loyal Americans. 'I sincerely ask those watching at home who supported President Bush four years ago,' Mr. Gore said. 'Did you really get what you expected from the candidate you voted for?'"

The New York Times > International > Asia Pacific > Afghan Leader Enters Presidential Race

The New York Times > International > Asia Pacific > Afghan Leader Enters Presidential Race: "July 26, 2004
Afghan Leader Enters Presidential Race
By CARLOTTA GALL

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 26, President Hamid Karzai surprised many here today by entering the presidential race with the brother of a martyred hero, rather than his powerful defense minister, at his side to run for vice president.
At a news conference in the leafy grounds of the presidential palace, Mr. Karzai said he was choosing Ahmad Zia Massood because he represented the younger generation and would work better for a shared vision for a united and democratic Afghanistan. "

The New York Times > International > Middle East > A Hostage Freed, Others Taken, and an Official Slain in Iraq

The New York Times > International > Middle East > A Hostage Freed, Others Taken, and an Official Slain in Iraq: "July 26, 2004
A Hostage Freed, Others Taken, and an Official Slain in Iraq
By SOMINI SENGUPTA

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 26, An Egyptian diplomat who had been kidnapped in broad daylight as he was stepping out of a mosque last Friday was released by his captors today on the grounds that he was a good Muslim.
On the same day, two Jordanian truck drivers were kidnapped by a group demanding that their employer stop doing business in Iraq, while an Interior Ministry official was gunned down in front of his home in a Baghdad suburb."

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry Hopes Veterans' Support Adds Heft to Candidacy

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry Hopes Veterans' Support Adds Heft to Candidacy: "July 26, 2004
Kerry Hopes Veterans' Support Adds Heft to Candidacy
By DAVID STOUT

BOSTON, July 26, Hundreds of military veterans have gathered here to express their support for Senator John Kerry as he prepares to accept the Democratic presidential nomination and, he hopes, to add credence to his assertion that he should replace President Bush as commander in chief.
One of the senator's crewmates from their Vietnam War days, the Rev. David Alston of Columbia, S.C., is to speak in prime time tonight about his combat service with Mr. Kerry. Convention organizers said Mr. Kerry's crewmates would be active here throughout the four days of the convention, which began this afternoon.
By some estimates, as many as 500 veterans are among the delegates gathered in Boston, and they plan to make the most of their military credentials in generating momentum for Mr. Kerry, who made it clear in an interview over the weekend that he would press Mr. Bush on the issues of terrorism and leadership in the long campaign against it."

MSNBC - Long-term acetaminophen use may harm kidneys-study

Long-term acetaminophen use may harm kidneys-study: "Long-term acetaminophen use may harm kidneys-study

CHICAGO, July 26 - Long-term, habitual use of the painkiller acetaminophen, sold under the brand name Tylenol, may cause a decline in kidney function in some people, a study of middle-aged women said Monday. "

CNN - Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Al Gore are scheduled to speak Monday at the Democratic National Convention. 

CNN.com - Former presidents, Gore to kick off convention - Jul 26, 2004

CNN.com - Former presidents, Gore to kick off convention - Jul 26, 2004: "Former presidents, Gore to kick off convention
Democrats aim to present positive message, skip Bush bashing
Monday, July 26, 2004 Posted: 2:20 PM EDT (1820 GMT)

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Settler reparation plan unveiled

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Settler reparation plan unveiled: "Settler reparation plan unveiled
The Israeli government is to provide settlers evacuated from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank with a choice of four compensation plans.
Israeli media reported that the plans, drawn up by the government's compensation committee, would affect around 1,600 families.
The compensation amount will depend on the value of their homes and businesses, and their salaried incomes.
The compensation plan is to be voted on by the cabinet in the autumn. "

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Senior Iraqi official shot dead

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Senior Iraqi official shot dead: "Senior Iraqi official shot dead
A senior Iraqi interior ministry official has been shot dead by gunmen in the capital Baghdad.
Musab al-Awadi, the ministry's deputy chief in charge of tribal affairs, was killed along with two of his bodyguards, a ministry spokesman said.
The men were attacked as they left Mr Awadi's house in the al-Baya area of the capital.
It is the latest in a series of attacks by militants targeting senior officials in Iraq. "

The New York Times > National > U.S. 'Correctional Population' Hits New High

The New York Times > National > U.S. 'Correctional Population' Hits New High: "July 26, 2004
U.S. 'Correctional Population' Hits New High
By FOX BUTTERFIELD

The number of Americans under the control of the criminal justice system grew by 130,700 last year to reach a new high of nearly 6.9 million, according to a Justice Department report released today.
The total includes people in jail and prison as well as those on probation and parole. This is about 3.2 percent of the adult population in the United States, the report said.
The growth in what the report termed the 'correctional population' comes at a time when the crime rate nationwide has been relatively stable for several years. It also comes when many states, faced with budget deficits, have passed new, less strict sentencing laws in an attempt to reduce the number of inmates."

EU to push for sanctions on Sudan
Sudan group: Prepare to fight Western troops



CNN.com - EU To push for sanctions on Sudan - Jul 26, 2004

CNN.com - EU To push for sanctions on Sudan - Jul 26, 2004

Sudan group: Prepare to fight Western troops

KHARTOUM, Sudan -- European Union foreign ministers are to push for United Nations sanctions against Sudan if its government does not move to end the bloodshed in the troubled Darfur region.

The EU ministers, in a draft statement, said they would take "appropriate further steps" if Sudan does not take action to end the fighting and resume peace talks with rebels.

While not using the word sanctions, EU officials said the 25-member bloc would push for such a move by the U.N. Security Council if Sudan did not cooperate with efforts to end violence that has killed 30,000 in Darfur and caused 1 million to flee.



BBC NEWS | Americas | Bloggers go mainstream at US conventions

BBC NEWS | Americas | Bloggers go mainstream at US conventions: "Bloggers go mainstream at US conventions
By Kevin Anderson
BBC News Online in Boston

Journalists will outnumber delegates three-to-one at the Democratic Party convention in Boston this week with 15,000 reporters of various stripes aiming to cover every angle.
The outcome from Boston and the upcoming Republican convention in New York - that John Kerry and George W Bush will be nominated as their respective party's presidential candidate - may be a foregone conclusion, but that will not stop the scribes.
It is true that the main broadcast news networks have been cutting back their coverage for the last 25 years, leaving it to the cable news networks, the internet and public broadcasting to provide comprehensive coverage.
But this year there is a new kid on the news block, with bloggers - those irreverent internet commentators - at the conventions for the first time. "

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Saddam's life in prison revealed

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Saddam's life in prison revealed: "Saddam's life in prison revealed
Saddam Hussein is being held in solitary confinement with no access to media, but he has books, studies the Koran daily and writes poetry.
He has also developed a taste for American snacks.
This detailed picture of Saddam Hussein's prison days has been revealed by Iraq's human rights minister.
Bakhtiar Amin, who visited him in jail, told the UK's Guardian newspaper the former leader was in good health and was being kept in good conditions.
Saddam Hussein is awaiting trial on charges of war crimes and genocide. "

Sunday, July 25, 2004

japantoday > national Japan to set up body for int'l aid in cultural assets  restoration

japantoday > national

Monday, July 26, 2004 at 07:59 JST
TOKYO - The Cultural Affairs Agency has decided to set up a public-private organization for international cooperation in restoring cultural assets worldwide, agency officials said Saturday.
The consortium will integrate know-how and techniques owned by universities and museums nationwide in conservation and restoration of cultural assets and utilize them for international cooperation, the officials said. (Kyodo News)






japantoday > asia U.S., S Korea agree to cut U.S. bases by two-thirds

japantoday > asia

Sunday, July 25, 2004 at 16:40 JST
SEOUL — The United States and South Korea have tentatively agreed on cutting the number of U.S. bases in the country to 17 from the current 41, and the amount of the land used by U.S. troops by two-thirds by 2011, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.
The agreement, to cut the amount of the land to about 8,300 hectares from about 24,000 hectares, was reached at bilateral talks held Friday in Washington, Yonhap said. (Kyodo News)






World - Reuters Morocco Lost Track of 400 Al Qaeda Suspects

Sun Jul 25, 9:47 AM ET

Reuters Yahoo!
MADRID (Reuters) - Morocco has warned Spain that it has lost track of 400 Moroccan Islamist militants who trained in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan (news - web sites), Bosnia or Chechnya (news - web sites), Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Sunday.





Barack Obama, the Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Illinois, toured the convention floor today. On Tuesday, he is to deliver the keynote speech. 

The New York Times > Democrats Prepare to Put the Spotlight on Kerry

July 25, 2004

By BRIAN KNOWLTON,International Herald Tribune
ASHINGTON, July 25 -- Democrats prepared today to open a national nominating convention in Boston that they said would spotlight Senator John Kerry as a man of principle and common sense who would give a dramatically higher priority to forging strong alliances and international relationships.
The convention, which runs from Monday to Thursday, will bring thousands of Democratic activists and thousands more journalists to a city known as a bastion of liberal politics, even as Mr. Kerry -- in a statistical tie with President Bush, according to recent opinion polls -- seeks to broaden his appeal toward the center.
It will be the first time the historic Massachusetts city has hosted a convention.
As the first national party convention held since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks -- and amid reports that terrorists may seek to strike in Boston -- it will also be by far the most closely guarded. Major thoroughfares through the downtown area, near the Fleet Center arena that will host the meetings, will be closed for part of the week.



Ralph Nader 

ABCNEWS.com : Dems Wary as Republicans Boost Nader

ABCNEWS.com : Dems Wary as Republicans Boost Nader: "Who Backs Nader?
Dems Claim Independent Candidate Gets Backed by GOP to Divert Votes
By Jake Tapper and Mary Hood

July 24, 2004 - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader's quixotic presidential campaign says it submitted about 5,400 signatures to get on the Michigan ballot, far short of the required number of 30,000. Luckily for him, approximately 43,000 signatures were filed by Michigan Republicans on his behalf, more than meeting the requirement"

ABCNEWS.com : Jennings Puts 'Jeopardy!" Back on the Map

ABCNEWS.com : Jennings Puts 'Jeopardy!" Back on the Map: "Jennings Puts 'Jeopardy!' Back on the Map
Unlikely TV Star Ken Jennings Puts 'Jeopardy!' Back on the Map With 38-Show Winning Streak
The Associated Press

NEW YORK July 25, 2004 - Beverly Herter is in a club that's grown less exclusive by the day: She lost to Ken Jennings on 'Jeopardy!' 'It's kind of a bonding experience going against Ken,' said Herter, a freelance editor from Portsmouth, R.I., who was beaten in an episode televised last week.
Jennings has dispatched 76 contestants on the brain-teasing trivia game, making the Utah software engineer the unlikeliest of TV stars and juicing a show that's aired quietly for 30 years."

Yahoo! News - Israeli Missile Strike on Gaza Adds to Tension

Yahoo! News - Israeli Missile Strike on Gaza Adds to Tension: "Israeli Missile Strike on Gaza Adds to Tension
Reuters to Yahoo!

By Shahdi al-Kashif
GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli helicopters struck a suspected militant target in the Gaza Strip (news - web sites) on Sunday, wounding at least four people and adding to tension in the territory at the heart of a Palestinian leadership crisis. "

Yahoo! News - Heavy Clashes in Iraq; Hostage Crisis Spirals

Yahoo! News - Heavy Clashes in Iraq; Hostage Crisis Spirals: "Heavy Clashes in Iraq; Hostage Crisis Spirals
Reuters to Yahoo!

By Luke Baker
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq (news - web sites)'s police and National Guard killed 13 suspected militants in heavy clashes near Baghdad on Sunday in one of the fiercest battles the fledgling security forces have faced since the handover of sovereignty. "

Lance Armstrong 

The New York Times > Sports > Armstrong Rides Into History

The New York Times > Sports > Armstrong Rides Into History: "July 25, 2004
Armstrong Rides Into History
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 1:44 p.m. ET
PARIS (AP) -- Lance Armstrong rode into history Sunday, winning a record sixth Tour de France and cementing his place as one of the greatest athletes of all time. Never in its 101-year history has the Tour had a winner like Armstrong -- who just eight years ago was given less than a 50 percent chance of overcoming testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brain.
His streak of six straight crowns has helped reinvigorate the greatest race in cycling, steering it into the 21st century. And the Tour, as much a part of French summers as languid meals over chilled rose, molded Armstrong into a sporting superstar.
No. 6: The achievement was almost too much for even Armstrong to comprehend.
``It might take years. I don't know. It hasn't sunk in yet. But six, standing on the top step on the podium on the Champs-Elysees is really special,'' he said."

Times Business > UK > Special Report: Japanese economy back from the grave?

Times Business: "
July 25, 2004
Consumers are on a spending spree as deflation appears to have been beaten. Michael Sheridan reports from Tokyo

JAPANESE statistics can often be guaranteed to shock, but even in Tokyo it was headline news last week when police figures showed a record 34,427 Japanese killed themselves in 2003 � and a quarter of the suicides were attributed to debt or business difficulties. "

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Australia 'not cowed' by threats

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Australia 'not cowed' by threats: "Australia 'not cowed' by threats
Australia's foreign minister says he is taking seriously a threat by a group to launch attacks in his country unless it withdraws its troops from Iraq.
But Alexander Downer said his country was 'absolutely determined' not to give in to what he called terrorist threats.
The group, calling itself the Islamic Tawhid group and the European branch of al-Qaeda, posted its statement on an Islamic website.
It threatened Australia and Italy with attacks with 'columns of rigged cars'.
'It is very important we send a strong message that we will not be threatened by terrorist groups,' Mr Downer told Australian Nine Network television.
'Terrorist groups will not determine the policy of the Australian government or the Australian people,' he added. "

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israelis advance into Gaza town

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israelis advance into Gaza town: "Israelis advance into Gaza town
Israeli troops have moved into the centre of the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, sparking exchanges of fire with Palestinian gunmen. "